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Martin Dyckman: On Jeb Bush’s relevance

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Aiming to regain some relevance in the Republican Party, Jeb Bush argues that it should show voters that it stands “for a few a big ideas” rather than only for things to vote against. Regrettably, four specific ideas that he proposed in a Nov. 24 Wall Street Journal op-ed are not simply big but bad. “Republicans should support convening a constitutional convention to pass term limits, a balanced budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause, which has given the…

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Supreme Court candidates are all about conservatism

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The first three candidates to be interviewed for state Supreme Court justice burnished their conservative credentials Monday afternoon. The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission began interviewing the 11 applicants to replace retiring Justice James E.C. Perry, who departs the bench Dec. 30. The nominating panel will forward six names by Dec. 13 to Gov. Rick Scott, who will then name Perry’s replacement. This is Scott’s first chance to pick a state Supreme Court justice, and thus the first opportunity to…

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Florida school choice advocates praise selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary

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Florida leaders praised Donald Trump’s choice of education secretary, calling Betsy DeVos an excellent pick. The president-elect announced Wednesday he tapped DeVos, 58, to lead the federal agency. The choice reinforces his pledge to make school choice an education priority. In September, he pledged to funnel $20 billion in existing federal dollars into scholarships for low-income students, an idea that would require congressional approval. “Students, parents, and education reformers across the United States should be thrilled by the selection of…

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Personnel note: Dave Murzin joins Liberty Partners of Tallahassee as NW Florida director

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Former state Rep. Dave Murzin has joined Liberty Partners of Tallahassee as the firm’s Northwest Florida Director. “We are honored to have Dave join forces with the Liberty Partners team.” said firm President and owner Jennifer Green in a statement. “This strategic partnership gives us the opportunity to continue to work with a longtime friend and colleague in a region of the state where we all have a strong connection.” A former state legislator and longtime legislative staffer, Murzin has…

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In remembrance: Janet Reno

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Newspapers were rolling in dough in the late 20th century. Reporters had expense accounts and plenty of public officials were happy to let them pick up the check. Not Janet Reno. She paid her own way, spoke for herself, and did not require those around her to bow, scrape, or screen calls to her home phone, which was in the book and accessible to the folks who paid her salary. The former Dade County state attorney and United States attorney…

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Despite end of formal fundraising, Donald Trump to hold breakfast event at Doral Wednesday

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Donald Trump may have said he was scaling back on high-dollar fundraising — ending with a Las Vegas luncheon held last week — but it didn’t mean he wasn’t quite done raising money. The Republican nominee, joined by Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus and former ambassador Mel Sembler, among others, returns to Florida for a breakfast event Wednesday at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. Proceeds will go to boost Trump Victory, an organization Trump established with the RNC to help…

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Miami GOP rainmaker Mike Fernandez endorses Patrick Murphy, gives $100K

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Mike Fernandez is backing Democrat Patrick Murphy in his race against Republican Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate. Fernandez, the Miami billionaire who is one of the nation’s largest GOP funders, announced his support of Murphy to the Miami Herald Friday morning. He told reporters the main reason he’s voting for Murphy is the Jupiter Democrat’s support for lifting the Cuba embargo. As well as voting for Murphy, the Herald also reports Fernandez has given $100,000 to a pro-Murphy super PAC.…

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